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Surprising jobs that endanger your lung health

What jobs do we think of when we worry about the health of our lungs? Immediately, most people think of construction workers, miners and automotive brake mechanics. However, there are other jobs you should consider when it comes to lung safety, and some of these are surprising.

Let's take a look at the most unexpected jobs that can be dangerous for your lungs:

When you work as a bartender: Believe it or not, bartenders are at risk of lung disease. The patrons of a bar might not be very much at risk if they only spend short periods of time in these smoke-filled drinking establishments, but what about the bartenders who tend to the customers? Being exposed to secondhand smoke for years at a time can be dangerous for the lungs. The respiratory health of people who work in cities that have banned smoking is typically significantly better.

When you work as a baker: Bakers develop asthma conditions due to flour dust. It mainly has to do with an allergic reaction that bakers develop to enzymes used to change the consistency of the dough. For this reason, it's important for bakers to have adequate ventilation in their workplaces. Bakers should also use a mask.

When you work as a delivery truck driver: Truck drivers who load and unload their trucks at loading docks are at risk of developing respiratory issues because of diesel exhaust. A study from 2004 shows that diesel exhaust is a significant cause of lung cancer.

Are you employed in a job like those above? Do you suffer from lung problems? You might want to go to your doctor for a checkup. You might also want to consider a workers' compensation claim to pay for your medical care.

Source: CBS News, "10 Worst Jobs for Your Lungs," accessed Nov. 30, 2017

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